Trump – Friend of China?

I can’t shake the feeling that China sees Donald Trump as their best shot at reshaping the world into explicitly Chinese and American spheres of influence.

By helping Trump with North Korea, I think Chinese President Xi JinPing is trying to edge out Vladimir Putin and Russia from the Global Leader Gang which only has two members. After years of subtle attempts to move Russia out of the Global Leader Gang, the Obama Administration became more blatant.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership had many purposes. One of those was to anoint China as the new Global Leader Gang partner and finalize Russia’s relegation to a second tier nation. A relegation that began when President Obama (rightly) poo-pooed the idea that Russia was of any major consequence to the United States when Mitt Romney reflexively (and wrongly) brought it up during the election.

The animosity between Putin and Obama was well earned. Street thug versus cosmopolitan internationalist. Spy versus professor. Gravy versus consommé.

President Obama realized that Russia was a fiction resting on the historical reality of the USSR. Russia isn’t the USSR. Russia is Italy with a good backstory. And President Obama treated them accordingly.

Putin knew his only chance was to get all traces of Obama out of the US government. If that didn’t happen, the fiction would end. And with that, all of the opportunities that have made Putin the richest man in the world would also end. Not acceptable. Not in the least. Hillary Clinton represented a continuation of Obama. Putin knew he needed a champion. Luckily, Donald Trump was tailor-made for this. His financial entanglements with Russia make him malleable. His ego and lack of intellectual curiosity make him easily fooled.

In comes Trump riding a wave of rabid xenophobia, religious bigotry, misogyny and racism right into the White House. Pushed from behind by Putin’s cyberwar against the United States. Once in he meets with the man he has insulted for years and is told:

“Remember, North Korea is the real issue NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS”

Trump’s narcissism doesn’t allow him to acknowledge the wisdom in those words. Until North Korea starts exploding nuclear bombs and heaving ballistic missiles in the direction of SEATAC. His Asian doppelgänger, Kim Jong-Un, is aping his behavior and they posture at each other like red-assed baboons in a roadside Safari exhibit. Instead of shit, words are flung but we still get soiled. As do the people of North Korea. There is only one reality about where we are right now.

We all will suffer

China wants out of the North Korea business. They want the prestige that Obama was going to give them. What better way then to help their biggest customer take care of “the real issue”?

Welcome to the Global Leader Gang, China. Thanks for the assist.

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What did Tom Cotton actually tell the Iranians in his letter?

Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to the Iranian’s translated back into English after he used Google Translate (Yes…GOOGLE TRANSLATE) to translate it into Farsi before tweeting it to Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif – (“in case you need a translation”). Minister Zarif is, of course, fluent in English which serves to make the passive-aggressive and childish nature of Sen. Cotton’s tweet even more obvious.

Translation was done by Foreign Policy. It’s long but full of giggles.

An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

It has come to our attention that while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government, you may not understand our constitutional system. Thus, we pen two features of our Constitution to your attention — the power to make international and the different personalities agreements and of federal officials which you seriously consider while the negotiations are progressing.

First, under our Constitution, the president negotiates international agreements and Congress plays the important role of ratifying them. About a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote. A so-called legislative-chairmanship agreement forces a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (because of rule laws, which means a three-fifths vote in the Senate). Anything that hasn’t been approved by Congress is not more than any chairmanship agreement.

Secondly, our Constitutional ranks have different personalities. For example, president can only perform two four-year terms, but senators can serve that an unlimited number of six-year terms. For example, today, President Obama in January 2017 will go, while most of us will stay in power more than that — perhaps decades.

The meaning of these two articles of Constitution is that we any agreement related to your armed nuclear program is not passed by the Congress is that not anything more than an agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei don’t consider. Whoever replaces the president could remove such a chairmanship agreement with the movement of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.

We hope while the nuclear negotiations are progressing this letter enriching your knowledge of our constitutional system and mutual clear understanding elevating.

Sincerely,

Things are the same all over

Russia has its own Radical Right and its own version of Fox News telling lies and beating the drums for a war that they will watch comfortably on television while young men and women die in the mud and muck. Meanwhile, Ukraineour Radical Right and Fox News do exactly the same. Am I saying that the events in Ukraine are right or justifiable or acceptable? No. What I’m saying is that cowards sitting at home should stop beating their chests and selling wolf tickets that they don’t have to back up. If only we had a rule that said, if you’re a politician AND you vote for or condone any sort of war, you and your immediate family must participate on the front line in an infantryman role. Regardless of age or sex or infirmity.

Leonid Ragozin at Politico Magazine has a great write up on what is being said in Russia about the situation in Ukraine. It all sounds so depressingly familiar.

Obama goes to war?

In recent days, Obama has pledged his support for the people of Ukraine, calling Russia’s advance a violation of international law and threatening to “isolate” Moscow through economic and diplomatic means. But how far will Obama be willing to go to protect Ukrainian sovereignty?
-Politico Magazine, March 3, 2014

A good, balanced story giving different points of view on the President’s handling of the Ukraine situation from Politico Magazine.Obama at Podium

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing BEFORE commenting or even making up your mind.